Prague is a city that takes its liquid refreshment, and its after-dark entertainment, seriously. The beer is rightfully world-famous and beer gardens are a dream, a new trend for cocktail bars has taken the city by storm, and music and dancing options are plentiful.

Plus, with such a small city center, you'll rarely have to travel far to find the best bars and clubs. In fact, one of the great pleasures of Prague is wandering around Old Town and just popping into any of the bars that take your fancy (and that don’t look hideously overpriced). Go for the back streets, and don’t pay much more than 50 Kč for a beer.) Another Prague perk is the relaxed hours. In the past, bars used to close down by 10 pm or so, but now Czechs have taken cheerfully to all-nighters spent discussing philosophy in smoky dives, listening to jazz in cavernous underground clubs, or dancing on tables in avant-garde clubs.

Many of the best nightlife spots combine international pizzazz with a bit of Czech eccentricity—think beers delivered by a miniature railway or a cocktail bar where absinthe is a major component in most of the menu options.

Prague is also a very musical city, which is reflected in its nightlife. A lot of the clubs also host live music performances, and the atmospheric jazz clubs offer great shows almost every night of the week.

Clubbers have plenty of options too, although anyone looking for the cutting edge of cool is unlikely to find it in Prague, because having a good time is much more important. There's an increasingly visible gay scene, too.

For those who want to look beyond the bar, there are evening cruises on the Vltava that show off the city’s gorgeous waterfront, which is beautifully lit as the sun sets. In recent years, a thriving scene on Náplavka (a riverside walkway in Nové Mesto) has sprung up, offering cheap and cheerful pop-up pubs right alongside the water, often accompanied by food and fashion markets. And if we're talking alfresco drinking, Prague's beer gardens, comprising no-frills benches and brews in its beautiful parks, are a must-visit in summer.

And while Prague isn’t Monte Carlo, gambling is legal, and there is a range of establishments from exclusive high-end casinos to all-night herna bars with slot machines and video-game terminals. Most gamers say the top venues lack ambience and only the brave try the nonstop herna bars.

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  • 1. Cross Club

    Holešovice | Dance Clubs

    It's a bit of a trip out of the city center (although it's only about 10 minutes on a night tram), but if you're a fan of alternative culture...Read More

  • 2. Duplex

    Nové Mesto | Dance Clubs

    Effectively an international super club in the center of Prague, Duplex is the go-to spot for international DJs playing in the Czech Republic...Read More

  • 3. Harley's

    Staré Mesto | Dance Clubs

    Sometimes Harley's can be a bit intense. It's quite small and can get absolutely boiling hot, so if the crowds are heaving, give it a miss....Read More

  • 4. Karlovy Lázně

    Staré Mesto | Dance Clubs

    Inside a former bathhouse next to the Charles Bridge, this club claims to be the biggest in central Europe. We're not sure about that, but it...Read More

  • 5. M1 Lounge

    Staré Mesto | Dance Clubs

    A sleek club on a side street in Old Town, M1 Lounge has been known to host movie stars in town for a shoot as well as Prague's local party...Read More

  • 6. Mecca

    Holešovice | Dance Clubs

    Show off your expensive designer jeans here. This converted factory is the place to get down with the überhip. However, if you're not a night...Read More

  • 7. Nebe

    Nové Mesto | Dance Clubs

    Sometimes all you want is some guaranteed good pop tunes, a friendly vibe, and a packed dance floor. If that's what you're after, Nebe will...Read More

  • 8. On Club

    Vinohrady | Dance Clubs

    It claims to be the largest gay club in Prague, and with three floors that's probably right. There's a disco, several bars, and other attractions...Read More

  • 9. Radost FX

    Nové Mesto | Dance Clubs

    A clubbing institution dating from the early '90s, this place still draws a loyal following. The dance floor can be a little cramped, but other...Read More

  • 10. Retro

    Vinohrady | Dance Clubs

    With a location just a bit out of the center, this fun club provides an escape from the hassle of downtown. The street-level part is a pleasant...Read More

  • 11. SaSaZu

    Holešovice | Dance Clubs

    A restaurant and nightclub and music venue in a warehouse in the middle of a market isn't really the place you'd expect to draw Prague's high...Read More

  • 12. Face to Face

    Dance Clubs

    The break-dancing scenes from the film Everything Is Illuminated were shot in this trendy club located on a noisy island. Music varies, usually...Read More

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